QPP 48: Jeff Asher on Gun Arrests

This is an interesting podcast from Professor Peter Moskos’s website. Moskos and Asher and then Brandon Del Pozo (all PhDs) discuss the increase in firearm arrests from police stops. It is cool just to listen to Moskos and Asher discuss different thoughts, concepts, and ideas and then Del Pozo add in his perspective as he joins in at the end of the podcast.

Here are a couple of my thoughts as I listened to the podcast:
What methods were used to get the guns off of the streets? Self-initiated Field Activity (SIFA), Vehicle and Traffic Law stops by officers, was it searches incidental to arrest, and was citizen contact made because police were alerted by type of a shot detection equipment?

What kind of guns are being used?  Were Legal or illegal guns being recovered? Is the gun issue a supply issue or a demand issue? Was the gun a Newly purchased gun?  What was the length of time from purchase to use?

Asher noted several times that there was limited data from police departments regarding crimes. Jeff also noted that it would be difficult to get specific data about the guns recovered. I think if some of the police departments devised a program of prisoner debriefings for all gun arrests where a specific script is followed (at least to cover the data that is needed) it might be possible to develop a more fuller picture of the gun crime problem.

This podcast can be access HERE

California gave people the ‘right’ to be homeless, but little help finding homes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In late March, I joined demonstrators to protest the Los Angeles Police Department’s clearing of a large homeless encampment in the Echo Park neighborhood.
— Read on www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2021/05/30/California-gave-people-the-right-to-be-homeless-but-little-help-finding-homes/stories/202105300027

Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime

This is interesting. The Department of Justice released a memorandum on the Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime. The problem is that the DOJ has little to do with violent crime that occurs in communities. The DOJ and it’s enforce arm the FBI very rarely is involved with neighborhood street crime (State crimes). When the DOJ is involved with crime at the State level. It is usually through a task force operation and that involves a partnership of officers from state police, county sheriffs, and c/t/v police. This leads me to say that the DOJ has little experience fighting local state level crime and are not in the best position to set strategy for a comprehensive plan to stop crime.

Anyways check out their memorandum and see what you think.

Get the memorandum here: www.justice.gov/dag/page/file/1397921/download

The Invisible Rules That Govern Use of Force by Ion Meyn :: SSRN

This is an interesting article about the rules that govern police use of force.

Police departments reject the idea that use of force can be governed by hard and fast rules. Under this rule-resistant view, using rules to regulate use of force would be dangerous and in practice impossible, as officers must retain broad discretion to respond to ever-changing conditions in the field. Despite the prevalence of this view, the Article finds that, behind closed doors, departments are constructing hard and fast rules that limit officer discretion.
— Read on papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm

Biden wants to “reinvigorate” funding for the COPS office.

The COPS office produced some of the best publications in policing. There was a time that every month there was an exciting publication released by the COPS office. You could even receive a hard copy of the publication. With the right leadership and if it returns to producing material that is beneficial to policing the COPS office can return as a great resource.

He wants to give yet more money to a federal office that has helped facilitate abuses in policing.
— Read on slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/02/biden-cops-office-funding-police-history.html